Asia Briefs: 'No pardon' for son who killed celeb sis: Father

'No pardon' for son who killed celeb sis: Father

ISLAMABAD • The father of murdered Pakistani social media star Qandeel Baloch has vowed on the weekend no forgiveness for his son, who killed his daughter on the pretext of "honour", after her death cast a global spotlight on the practice.

Pakistan last week passed long-awaited legislation aimed at closing loopholes which allowed murderers like Baloch's brother Waseem to walk free. Hundreds of women are killed in defence of the family "honour" in the conservative country each year.


Hashim Jasin is new PAS spiritual adviser

PETALING JAYA • The Parti Islam SeMalaysia (PAS) Syura Council has unanimously appointed Mr Hashim Jasin as its spiritual leader, following the death of Datuk Dr Haron Din. Syura Council secretary Nik Muhammad Zawawi Salleh said the council made the decision during a meeting on Sunday evening.


'Aiyo' now in Oxford dictionary

COLOMBO • The Sri Lankan word "aiyo" was included in the Oxford English Dictionary (OED), as part of the latest addition of words to its database. The OED has defined the popular word as, "In southern India and Sri Lanka, expressing distress, regret, or grief; 'Oh no!','Oh dear!'"

Local media reported that, apart from 'aiyo','aiyoh' and 'aiyah' have also been included in the lexicon.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 12, 2016, with the headline 'Asia Briefs'. Print Edition | Subscribe